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Sleepytime Santa


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I designed this pattern for the magazine "Soft Dolls & Animals" as a way to give back to the magazine I love. I wanted to make it simple enough to make that even beginner dollmakers could finish this project. The detailed instructions (11 pages worth) include lots of illustrations. Sleepytime Santa is made from a woven fabric like muslin, dyed. He's about 17 inches tall (standing), and has a weighted base for stability when seated on a shelf or mantel. His face is needle-sculpted; features are painted in acrylics and shaded with colored pencils. His old-fashioned nightshirt is slipped on his body before attaching his head. His boxers, nightshirt, cap and slippers are not removable. Santa has modified mitt hands with a technique that creates opposable thumbs. Finger divisions are stitched by hand after stuffing. His beard and mustache are sewn and stuffed. Online help is available, should you have any questions. Adobe Reader is required to open this document. As this is a pattern download, there is NO COST FOR SHIPPING. As with all copyrighted materials, forwarding this e-pattern to anyone (for profit or not) is prohibited. You may sell dolls made from this pattern if credit is given the designer. You may save a copy of the file to your computer, CD, flashdrive, etc., for your personal use. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY hand and machine sewing simple painting stuffing with polyfil SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Approximately 17 inches tall

Supplies Needed

  • sewing machine
  • basic sewing supplies
  • plastic-backed freezer paper

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I've always been a crafter and grew up in a crafting family, so it's really a part of who I am. I've been a doll maker and designer since the mid 1990s, but am always trying new things. I maintain my own website ( and keep a blog as well (